2020 Healthy Thanksgiving Menu (+ 30 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes)

Our 2020 Thanksgiving menu is HERE and we’re so excited to dig in (literally) and talk all things preparation and Healthy Thanksgiving recipes.

Thanksgiving plate on table

Table of Contents

Hello, 2020 Thanksgiving!

This year, we’re stepping outside of our comfort zone and deviating from our normal Thanksgiving recipe lineup.

It is, after all, a world pandemic, meaning we have to limit the number of guests we have at our Thanksgiving dinner + plan for smaller batch recipes (with a few exceptions because we heart leftovers).

Here’s what you will find in this post:

  • 2020 Thanksgiving Menu
  • Week-Of Preparation Guide
  • Inexpensive Decoration Ideas
  • More Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving table

Team Fit Foodie at Thanksgiving table

2020 Thanksgiving Menu

Like I mentioned above, we’re stepping outside of our comfort zones from our normal, every-year Thanksgiving menu and adding in some flavor twists (hello ranch turkey!) and unique recipes.

There really is no better time to do something like this than 2020! I mean, we’re not even serving classic mashed potatoes this year (IK, WHO ARE WE??). Keep on reading for our 2020 Thanksgiving Menu!

What We’re Making

Herby Ranch Roasted Turkey Breast (serves: 4-6)

This roasted turkey breast recipe is perfect for a smaller Thanksgiving celebration! It is moist, flavorful, and goes great with any of your favorite Thanksgiving side dishes.

Please do note, that this turkey breast serves 4-6, so if you’re looking to serve more, or have leftovers, just buy two!

ranch turkey breast on table

Sausage Stuffing (serves: 8-10)

This Incredible Sausage Stuffing is as easy as it is delicious! The perfect complement to your holiday meal, this stuffing features store-bought stuffing cubes, which means you won’t have to dry out your own bread.

stuffing in bowl

Vegan Green Bean Casserole (serves: 8)

Say hello to the most delicious vegan green bean casserole recipe on the internet. This vegan green bean casserole is made with fresh green beans, mushrooms, a vegan roux, and fried onions!

green bean casserole on table

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes (serves: 8-10)

These cheesy scalloped potatoes are rich, creamy, and easy to make! They are made with a healthier cheese sauce made with Greek yogurt, thinly sliced potatoes, and fresh thyme. You’ll never use another cheesy potato recipe again.

scalloped potatoes on table

Roasted Delicata Squash (serves: 4-6)

This Easy Roasted Delicata Squash is the perfect pairing to any harvest meal! Enjoy a creme fraiche drizzle with the rich savory flavors of delicata squash. No peeling required!

squash on plate

Lemon Ginger Cranberry Sauce (serves: 6)

Why make boring ol’ cranberry sauce when you can make lemon ginger cranberry sauce from scratch?! We’re using fresh cranberries, grated ginger, lemon zest, and maple syrup for sweetener.

cranberry sauce on table

Bacon-Wrapped Green Beans (serves: 8-10)

This Thanksgiving appetizer idea is finger-lickin’ good. Little bundles of green beans wrapped in bacon and baked to perfection. Yes, please!

green beans on plate on table

Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake Bites (serves: 12)

The most delicious, guilt-free dessert recipe made with a graham cracker crust, Greek yogurt cheesecake filling, and a cranberry sauce swirl!

mini cheesecakes

Week-Of Preparation Guide

Since we’re Thanksgiving obsessed AND we care about *you*, we did a little test run for week-of Thanksgiving preparation!

Check out our M-Th preparation guide to make your 2020 Thanksgiving as seamless as can be!

menu

PS: for this guide, we’re assuming you’re making everything from this post so that we can give you an hour by hour breakdown on the day-of!

putting turkey in oven

Monday

  • Finalize Thanksgiving menu
  • Make grocery list

Tuesday

Wednesday

thursday – Thanksgiving day

8 AM: Right away in the morning, season the Herby Ranch Roasted Turkey Breast with ranch seasoning (follow steps 2-4 in the recipe card) and place in the refrigerator to marinate.

  • 9 AM: Prepare the Bacon Wrapped Green Beans (wait to do step 7). Set aside.
  • 11:00 PM Prepare the Easy Roasted Delicata Squash (wait to add the garlic sauce until right before serving). Cover with tin foil and set aside.
  • 12:30 PM Pop the green beans in the oven for 20 minutes at 400ºF. Cover with tin foil and set aside.
  • 1:00 PM Turn the oven to 325ºF. Prepare the Herby Ranch Roasted Turkey Breast, but wait for the last step of the bake time (when you turn the heat to 400ºF and bake the breast for 10 minutes.) Cover the turkey and let it rest in the basting liquid.
  • 2:00 PM Turn the oven to 350ºF and place the covered Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes in the oven to reheat.
  • 2:15 PM Cover the Sausage Stuffing and Vegan Green Bean Casserole and place them into the oven with the cheesy scalloped potatoes and reheat everything for 30 minutes.
  • 2:45 PM Remove the Sausage Stuffing and Green Bean Casserole from the oven. Keep covered until it’s time to serve.
  • 2:45 PM Turn the oven to 400ºF, uncover the potatoes, and sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top of the Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and bake the potatoes for 5 minutes more or until the cheese is golden brown and melted. Remove from the oven and cover.
  • 2:50 PM place the Bacon Wrapped Green Beans, Delicata Squash, and Turkey into the oven and reheat at 400ºF for 10 minutes to reheat. Remove from oven.
  • 2:50 PM Add the fried onions to the green bean casserole.
  • 2:55 PM Place the Vegan Green Bean Casserole, Italian Sausage Stuffing, Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, and Cranberry Bites on the table.
  • 3 PM: Drizzle the Delicata Squash with Garlic Sauce, Slice the turkey and drizzle it with basting liquid, and then place everything on the table and EAT.

3 Inexpensive Decoration Ideas

Cheesecloth Table Runner

Most of the time you see cheesecloth/gauze table runners like this at weddings, however, you can really class up any holiday meal with them. BONUS – they’re super inexpensive. We get ours on both Amazon and Etsy. Here is a link to the one we’re using here.

table runner

Decorative Vases + dried flowers

We have been obsessed with small decorative vases that we can put dried flowers in. These really fill any hole on your thanksgiving table and are so pretty!

small vase with flower

Candles candles candles

Candles can make any meal feel special. We love candle sticks, tea candles, and big candles! This year, keep things simple and use little jars you already own with tea candles. Check out some the candle lineup we used for this spread.

jar with candle

More Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

You can find all of our most popular healthy Thanksgiving recipes here, but we thought we’d list out our favorites that serve anywhere from 4-8!

PS: some of these ideas are a little out of the box because, well, 2020 is out of the box! Also, am I the only one who eats spaghetti at pretty much every family holiday?

Mains

Sides

Drinks

Desserts

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